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Catherine (Schirck) Lesser (abt. 1848 - aft. 1929)

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Catherine Lesser formerly Schirck
Born about in Yankee Bush Hill, Conewango Township, Warren County, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Warren County, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Yankee Bush Hill, Conewango Twp., Warren County, Pennsylvaniamap
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Biography of Catherine SCHIRCK LESSER of 1848

  • Catherine Schirck was born on her parent's farm on Yankee Bush Hill, in Conewango Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jacob Schirck and his wife Catherine Schuler on June 30 in 1848. She is one year old on the 1850 United States Federal Census for Conewango, Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania, but in reality was probably almost two years old.
  • Catherine Schirck was one of several siblings:
    • Catherine Schirck, I, born about 1844, who died in infancy.
    • Jacob Schirck, III, born August 1845, who enlisted in the Pennsylvania 10th Infantry Reserves was killed at Second Bull Run
    • Mary Margaret Schirck who married Louis Werle.
    • Phillip Schirck who enlisted in the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, survived the Civil War and married Amelia Reig, and passed away August 24, 1924.
    • Mathias Schirck, born August 24, 1846 and married Anna Baker on July 3, 1873.
    • Catherine Schirck, born June 30, 1848, who married Civil War POW survivor Lawrence Lesser.
    • Mary M. Schirck, born November 14, 1850 who married William Yeagle and moved to Russell, Pennsylvania.
    • Carrie B. Schirck, born May 20, 1853, who married Clayton Cheney, was widowed, and remarried to Fenton B. Hayward.
  • Jacob Schirck lost her father Jacob Schirck in 1856. She was only eight years old.
  • Catherine Schirck lost her brother Jacob Schirck, III in the United States Civil War Battle of Second Bull Run on August 30, 1862.
  • Catherine Schirck married Lawrence Lesser on May 27, 1866 in Warren, Pennsylvania.
  • The Lesser Family moved around every few years. They lived in New York when Alice and Estella were born, but returned to Warren, Pennsylvania eventually.
  • Catherine Schirck passed away in November 1929.

Information as researched by Sharon Centanne, Saturday, January 3, 2015, and updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

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  • The Schirck Family History by Salome Anne Schirck Gruber Huck, Warren, Pennsylvania, 1930. Second edtion updated by Hazel Culbertson and Dorothy Keller, and republished by Glenn Culbertson in 1967.
  • Labeled family pictures sent to me from Catherine's living great granddaughter in possession of Troy-204 06:18, 16 January 2015 (EST)
  • 1850 United States Federal Census for Conewango Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania: "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 February 2016), Catherin Schirck in household of Jacob Schirck, Conewango, Warren, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 2386, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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